NEW ORLEANS, May 8 /U.S. Newswire/ -- A delegation of prominent Hollywood women -- including New Orleans native and Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Board Member Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Cicely Tyson, Regina King, and Deborah Santana - will travel to New Orleans May 8 to shine a light on the acute mental health, health and education crises of children traumatized by Katrina's storm over eight months ago. Also joining the trip will be over a dozen prominent entertainment, cultural, media, and community leaders including three Los Angeles CDF Board members: Carol Biondi, Ruth- Ann Huvane and Katie McGrath (see attached list).The delegation will see New Orleans' devastated Lower Ninth Ward; visit a trailer camp to talk with Katrina survivors about their living conditions; meet with children and parents at the opening of the first of thirteen planned CDF Freedom Schools(sm) sites in Louisiana to provide children summer educational and cultural enrichment, mental health and health supports; talk with doctors operating a mobile medical van; and meet with women leaders from Gulf Coast states, including Women of the Storm, to hear their concerns about the struggles of Katrina families and communities.
Prominent Hollywood Women Conduct May 8 New Orleans Katrina Child Watch(Sm) Visit Sponsored by Children's Defense Fund
"I am deeply grateful that these powerful and caring women are traveling to New Orleans to shine a bright light on the tragic plight of hundreds of thousands of Katrina children not high enough on the radar screen of our political leaders and citizens. Katrina's children desperately need hope, emergency men...